Sacred Valley of the Incas, 1 day

Sacred Valley of the Incas 1 day

What to expect and see:

Rejoice at Sacred Valley scenery, see Inca architecture in Pisac archaeologiccal site and look at handcrafts at Pisac Market.

Visit Ollantaytambo archaeological site and its amazing Inca stonework, discover ancient village of Chinchero


Wrap under brown and  grassy  imposing foothills´skirts, Urubamba river Valley, known as "Valle Sagrado" (Sacred Valley), is composed by smaller rivers, gorges and smaller valleys.

At the Andes Mountains  heart, in Sacred Valley´s  land, Incas cultivated maize, fruits and vegetables.

Curvy roads take you to captivating landscapes, small colonial villages with colorful farmers´, weavers´ and potters´ markets.

History is alive in every old town corner  with picturesque streets, plazas and valleys, amazing Inca architecture, engineerings and stonework with aqueducts, irrigation canals and dikes.

Sacred Valley includes terracing and sacred centers to worship “Pachamama” (Mother earth) and the “Apus” (spirits of the mountains).

Potatoes, corn, amaranth, quinoa, barley, wheat, beans and fruits like apples, peaches, plums, pears, cherries, strawberries, elderberries, goldberries and avocados are grown here.

Condors, hawks, Andean gulls , mountain caracaras, sparrows, ducks, siskins, doves, thrushes, goldfinches and humming-bird are native.

Its regional fauna includes deer,  Andean rabbits “vizcacha”, chinchilla, skunks, foxes, pumas . There are trout and catfish in the river.

Pisac is 18 miles NE Cusco in Sacred Valley, irrigated by  river “Willcamayu,” Vilcanota or Urubamba, sacred to the Incas.

Pisac colonial village was ordered by Viceroy  Toledo in XVI AD, as  “reduction” for the natives.

Ollantaytambo still inhabited Inca town and archaeological site is some 60 kilometers
northwest of the city of Cusco, at 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level.

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Ollantaytambo, during Inca times  was Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui royal estate. He built sumptuous constructions and undertook extensive works of  terracing   and irrigation.

During Peru Spanish conquest, Ollantaytambo served as Inca leader Manco Inca Yupanqui stronghold and resistance against Spaniards.

Ollantaytambo town provided lodging  for  Inca  nobility  while  terraces were farmed by yanaconas (emperor retainers)

In 1536, in Mascabamba, near Ollantaytambo, Spaniards were defeated  by Manco Inca  by blocking their advance from high terraces and flooding plains.

Despite Manco Inca victory, however, he did not consider his position tenable  so during  following   year  he   withdrew to Vilcabamba heavily forested site.

In 1540, Ollantaytambo native population  was assigned "encomienda" to Hernando Pizarro.

In XIX AD., foreign explorers like Clements Markham, Ephraim Squier, Charles Wiener and Ernst Middendorf attracted their attention to Ollantaytambo and published accounts of their findings.

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Sacred Valley of the Incas 1 day
Program Itinerary

7:15 to 7:25 am.  Picking up time to start tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

- Depart to Urubamba Valley by motor coach, see the impressive Andean Range landscapes.
- Visit Pisac Ruins at the Archaeological Site
- Visit Pisac handcraft Market
- Then we will continue our tour towards Urubamba town city where we will stop to have lunch.
- After lunch, we will go to Ollantaytambo, an Inca religious, political and agricultural center. Ollantaytambo keeps the original Inca layout of a town
- Then we will return to Cusco City through       Chinchero, a farming village dedicated to the production of potatoes and magnificent textiles.

6:30 am Arrival in Cusco city and drop at the hotel

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